Bolt warns rivals
Sights set on defending titles in Rio
Shayne Fairman, Gleaner Writer
World 100 and 200 metres record holder Usain Bolt has given his rivals an early warning ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The world sprint king said yesterday that he will be seeking the sprint triple - 100m, 200m and 4x100m - for a third consecutive Games.
Meeting and greeting supporters at yesterday's autograph-signing ceremony held at the Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records (UBTR) sports bar, the track and field megastar told The Gleaner he is in good shape and has no plans to slow down.
"I would like to say I am a dominant force in the sport (athletics). When I retire people could possibly crown me king of the sport," said Bolt. "I am taking my career one step at a time and Rio is where I will focus on defending my titles and winning three gold medals at three consecutive Olympics," added the world's fastest man.
Bolt outlined that he is physically healthy and making regular checks with his doctor to ensure he attains maximum fitness.
There were fans from Brazil at UBTR yesterday. One Sao Paolo-based family - George Adati, wife Andrea Adati and daughter Martina - spent five of the past 10 days on the island waiting to meet the legendary Bolt.
"This is our first time in Jamaica; the names Usain Bolt, Bob Marley and the other heroes brought us here," they shared. "We will be gunning for Usain Bolt and Jamaica at our Olympics," the family added.
They explained that they were informed about the event via Usain Bolt's instagram account.
Nugent Walker, Bolt's executive manager, described yesterday's event as an opportunity to give back and to make the fans happy. "Many adoring fans braved the downpour to come to Tracks and Records to meet Usain," he said. "We are glad to bond with locals and foreigners as well as to promote the UBTR brand," he added.
Meanwhile, Gary Matalon, chief executive officer of the KLE group, which manages the sports bar said: "Jamaica is tapping into sports tourism through Usain Bolt."
He added that sport is extremely important for Jamaica and the region, noting that Jamaica commands a dominant position on the world stage.